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Important advances in scholarship on the post-emancipation South have made possible a new synthesis that moves beyond broad generalizations about African American agency to identify both the shared elements in black life across the region and the varying capacity of freedpeople to assert their interests in the face of white hostility. Building on a number of recent studies of Reconstruction this article seeks to demonstrate that the varying capacity of freedpeople in South Carolina to shape and defend the new society that would emerge after the end of slavery was rooted in their relative strength at work and in their communities. In Charleston and its lowcountry rural hinterland, demographic strength combined with deeply-rooted traditions of collective assertion to sustain a remarkably vibrant grassroots movement that persisted beyond the overthrow of Reconstruction. From very early on, by contrast, former slaves dispersed across the rural interior found their freedom severely circumscribed by a bellicose and heavily-armed white paramilitary campaign.
|Number of pages||35|
|Journal||Journal of Peasant Studies|
|Publication status||Published - 01 Oct 2008|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cultural Studies
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Transforming the History Classroom: Engaging Secondary-Level Educators in New Research on US Slave Emancipation
Brian Kelly (Participant)
Impact: Cultural Impact, Societial Impact
Reconstruction as Labor History: Black Workers' Grassroots Mobiization in Post-Emancipation South Carolina
Brian Kelly (Invited speaker)Feb 2014
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Invited talk
Black Workers and the Overthrow of Reconstruction in South Carolina: 1874-1876
Brian Kelly (Presenter)25 Mar 2006
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Oral presentation
- 3 Citations
- 2 Chapter (peer-reviewed)
From jubilee to white ‘redemption’: black working-class life in Charleston, 1861-1880Kelly, B., 30 Dec 2022, (Accepted) African American urban history from past to future tense: essays on the state of a field. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 43 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter (peer-reviewed) › peer-review
Class, factionalism, and the radical retreat: black laborers and the Republican Party in South Carolina, 1865-1900Kelly, B., 10 Jan 2013, After slavery: race, labor, and citizenship in the reconstruction south. Baker, B. E. & Kelly, B. (eds.). Florida: University Press of Florida, p. 199-220 21 p. (New Perspectives on the History of the South).
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter (peer-reviewed)